Farmacy Vs Pharmacy

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Last week I spoke to a woman whom I hadn’t seen in years, so we gave each other the “Cliff Notes” of what’s been happening in our lives. I told her about my diet change to a whole foods plant-based diet and the reasons why. She told me that she has tumors growing up and down her arms. When I told her that this diet could help her, she replied, “I don’t drink dairy, but I could NEVER give up my meat!” I then asked her, “How many medications are you taking?” She replied, “I’m on 30 different medications!” Wowsa! Did I really hear that right? 30 Different medications? Yes, 30!!! I don’t know about you, but if I was battling tumor growth and on 30 different medications, then I’d have to take a hard look at why is this happening? Why do the tumors keep appearing? What can I do to change that? Is my diet possibly to blame for this? Could changing my diet help reverse this?

Sickness is a choice

The good news is that there are solutions and that we each can make different choices and significant decisions towards health and wellness each and every day…and with each and every bite & drink we put into our bodies!

The Solutions Are Here Food Does Matter!

 

After having had this conversation with this woman, I was at my dentists office for three and a half hour this week having a crown replaced and a cavity fixed, and while I was in the chair I passed the time watching TV, which I seldom do since I only subscribe to Netflix and my friends station over at Food Matters TV. Thanks to them for their excellent Quotes, which I’m borrowing today!

Good Health

As I was laying in the chair, one of the drug commercials popped up. This one was for Enbrel, but it could have been any other drug for that matter. Enbrel, by the way, is used to treat long-term inflammatory diseases such as: moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, adult chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and a few others of the kind. My favorite part, however, is when the side effects are listed…you know, right after they’ve painted a rosy picture for you of what your life could be like. For ENBREL some of the side effects include:

  • Risk of Infection – “ENBREL can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections. Some people have serious infections while taking ENBREL. These infections include tuberculosis (TB), and infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria that spread throughout their body. Some people have died from these infections.” ~Enbrel (etanercept)

  • Risk of Cancer – “People with rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis, especially those with very active disease, may be more likely to get lymphoma.” ~Enbrel        AHEM, isn’t this what this drug is meant to cure?

  • Heart Failure – “including new heart failure or worsening of heart failure you already have. New or worse heart failure can happen in people who use TNF blocker medicines, like ENBREL.” ~Enbrel

  • Psoriasis “Some people using ENBREL developed new psoriasis or worsening of psoriasis they already had.” ~Enbrel

  • Autoimmune Reactions, including – 

    • “Lupus-like syndrome. Symptoms include a rash on your face and arms that gets worse in the sun.”

    • “Autoimmune hepatitis. Liver problems can happen in people who use TNF blocker medicines, including ENBREL. These problems can lead to liver failure and death.” ~Enbrel

Well, at least the drug companies are kind enough to let you know what the risks are should you choose to take their drug, right!? This is also called, “We are covering our a$$es!” I don’t know about you, but I know that if I can avoid taking any of these drugs I will! This morning I came across this great quote via FMTV from Dr. Ian Brighthope

The Medical Profession

A nurse named Jen Jen commented on it saying, “As a Nurse I can tell you that most people don’t WANT to hear about the “primary cause” of their disease. They KNOW why they have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, liver disease, etc. They don’t want to do anything different in their lifestyles. It’s much easier to just take a pill. It’s not JUST the fault of the medical profession. It’s the fault of the people much of the time as well.” Hear! Hear! Jen Jen! People want an easy fix, but god forbid that you suggest that they change their diet and lifestyle. Another woman named Debbie commented this on my page, “Whatever “it” might be, whether it’s sugar, fat, alcohol, cigarettes, etc., it’s literally “to DIE FOR!” And, that’s their choice. But for the rest of us, we need doctors who are knowledgeable about nutrition & a healthy lifestyle without pharmaceuticals & all their nasty side effects!” Again, truth be told! Your health is really in your own hands and once you realize this then you can start making some serious positive changes! This does not mean that you shouldn’t consult with your doctor, but if he’s clueless in regards to diet and health…then perhaps it is wise to seek the information somewhere else. A friend told me that one of her colleagues is 250 pounds, but her doctor tells her that she is “just right!” AHEM, seriously! 250 pounds is considered “normal”! Wow! Something is seriously amiss here! I will end with this brilliant quote from Dr. Charlotte Gerson.

Charlotte Gerson

Feel free to leave me a note with your thoughts on these matters.

What healthy changes are you currently making?

What would you like to change?

How can I support you in making these changes?

 

 

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About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

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  1. As a registered nurse, I see this every day. People generall speaking want a quick fix. They would rather have 20 pills than have someone tell them that they could improve themselves by cutting out junk food, stopping smoking, exercising, or going to a whole food plant based way of eating.

    As someone who was dealt the card of high cholesterol genetically, I found that even cutting out red meat and eating a low fat diet had little impact. It wasn’t until I decided I wanted to take control of my health and go vegan did I see the most incredible transformation. Cutting my triglycerides in half was just part of the equation…I lost weight, gained energy and clarity, got clearer skin, and a better digestive system. I saw the most dramatic changes without drugs because I believed my own health was up to me. There is health available to those who are willing to take the control and commit. And it’s worth it more than I even thought. Physician heal thyself?? Not happening as long as drug companies continue to sell their way while little is taught on nutrition.

    • Thank you so much for not only sharing your thoughts as an RN on this, but also for sharing your own personal experience! I have many friends in the medical community and they are just as frustrated about these issues. I personally find it disturbing that the people who are supposed to cure you are just as fat and/or sick as their patients. However going to the Plant-based Nutrition Conference in Portland gave me a glimpse of hope, as the participants were mainly doctors, nurses and registered dietitians. If they didn’t know this information before, they certainly learned a lot that day!

      Thanks again, Lesli! YOU made my day! 🙂

  2. 30 medications! I couldn’t even imagine! I sometimes have a hard time being good about taking my B-12 and Vitamin D (yay cloudy Pacific Northwest) supplements, I don’t know how people keep them straight! The best thing we can do is do our best to show how happy and well we feel on WFPB and hope that friends and family make the connection and ask questions. I always say my “medications” are Beans, Greens, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, Seeds/Nuts!

    • Yes, I agree Amy! Afterwards I thought about all the side effects of each of those 30 medications…and I only listed the side effects of the one drug! Yikes! I’m not saying that meds don’t have their time and place, but if you have a choice and can make a difference through your diet the choice seems pretty simple to me! I’m choosing my diet!

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